A potential sale of the Wyndham hotel in Springfield, IL, is off

For a second time in a little over two weeks, the Springfield City Council rejected a zoning variance that would have paved the way for the sale of the Wyndham City Center to a New York developer.

On Wednesday, David Mitchell, representing the proposed buyer of the city’s tallest building once known as The Forum 30, sweetened the pot, saying the group would add 20 hotel rooms to the 80 already proposed, while keeping 300 rooms as apartments, mostly the studio – size variety.

The current owner of the hotel, Al Rajabi, previously told the city council that he has a bank note due on Aug. 10 and had plans to eliminate hotel rooms and instead develop 200 rooms for government-assisted housing.

While Mayor Jim Langfelder and at least one alderman said the move would be “devastating” for the downtown area, Ward 8 Ald. Erin Conley switched to a “no” vote on the zoning variance.

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